- a cell, group of cells, or organ producing a secretion.
- any of various organs or structures resembling the shape but not the function of true glands.
- Botany. a secreting organ or structure.
Origin of gland1
Origin of gland2
Examples from the Web for gland
Historical Examples of gland
This is the re-creative and rejuvenating work of the gland secretions.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
It is often the case that some gland is weak and can be strengthened by this massage.
The gland substance may be cut and freely dilated by the finger.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
Only when the gland is diseased are bacteria found in any abundance.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
In the event of pus forming the gland must be opened and drained.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- a cell or organ in man and other animals that synthesizes chemical substances and secretes them for the body to use or eliminate, either through a duct (exocrine gland) or directly into the bloodstream (endocrine gland)See also exocrine gland, endocrine gland
- a structure, such as a lymph node, that resembles a gland in form
- a cell or organ in plants that synthesizes and secretes a particular substance
Word Origin for gland
- a device that prevents leakage of fluid along a rotating shaft or reciprocating rod passing through a boundary between areas of high and low pressure. It often consists of a flanged metal sleeve bedding into a stuffing box
Word Origin for gland
1690s, from French glande (Old French glandre, 13c.), from Latin glandula "gland of the throat, tonsil," diminutive of glans (genitive glandis) "acorn, nut; acorn-shaped ball," from PIE root *gwele- "acorn" (cf. Greek balanos, Armenian kalin, Old Church Slavonic zelodi "acorn;" Lithuanian gile "oak"). Earlier English form was glandula (c.1400).
- A cell, a group of cells, or an organ that produces a secretion for use in or for elimination from the body.
- Any of various organs, such as lymph nodes, that resemble true glands but perform a nonsecretory function.
- An organ or group of specialized cells in the body that produces and secretes a specific substance, such as a hormone. See also endocrine gland exocrine gland.